2012 John Diefenbaker Award Ceremony

March 14, 2012 - Ottawa - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today presented this year’s John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award to the late Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s former federal minister for minorities, and Susana Trimarco, Argentinian activist and founder of the Fundación María de los Ángeles.

In honouring this year’s recipients for their exceptional courage and leadership in defending human rights and freedom, Minister Baird pledged Canada’s continuing commitment to doing what is principled and right in the name of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
(From left to right: John Baird, Foreign Affairs Minister; Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan–St. Paul (Manitoba), and  master of ceremonies of this year's John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award Ceremony; Ms. Susana Trimarco, founder of Fundación María de los Ángeles and award recipient; Mr. Paul Bhatti, who received the award on behalf of his late brother, Shahbaz Bhatti; and Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)

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